By Matthew Ficarelli
The act of breaking bread and drinking wine is a simple task but the meaning and significance are truly amazing. This is done at the request of Jesus Christ himself.
Matthew 26:26. And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28. For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
Mark 14:22. And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. 23. And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. 24. And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.
But a lot of people get confused at this verse -
Luke 22.19. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
20. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
They don't seem to understand the full meaning of the word remembrance. In Greek it is anamnesis, which means "an affectionate of the person himself to mind." What this means is Jesus wants you to really remember what he did for all of us on that cross (see Crucifixion). But some take it as an on-going sacrifice. They think the bread and wine turn into his actual body and blood. That means that Jesus' sacrifice isn't done and that it happens every time communion is performed. But we know that the Bible says otherwise.
Romans 6:10. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
Hebrews 7:27. Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
Hebrews 9:12. Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
Hebrews 9:27. So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. 28. So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
Hebrews 10:10. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Hebrews 10:12. But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God.
Jesus wants us to remember his sacrifice. He wants us to remember that it is finished. He died once and for all for our sins. He was the last and ultimate sacrifice for mankind.
Now there are some consequences if it is treated lightly -
I Corinthians 11:23. For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 24. And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 26. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come. 27. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
The word unworthily in Greek is anaxios, which means to treat as a common thing. You have to perform communion in remembrance of him, or else you will be guilty of his body and blood.
All Jesus Christ wants you to do is to really, really, really remember what he did for you, thatís it. Nothing more, nothing less.
All Scripture Taken Form King James Version